EAT FOR PERFORMANCE? SOUNDS AWESOME BUT WHERE THE HECK DO I START?!
Perhaps you have tried to eat “healthier” lately or you’ve looked up what Chia Seeds actually are on google.
If you are really brave perhaps you’ve even tried eating a vegetable you previously hated.
HERE’S WHY MOST YOUNG ATHLETES FAIL IN EATING FOR PERFORMANCE:
Without a super clear, step-by-step path that is actually fun to try, most athletes will get lost in 5 seconds googling sports nutrition.
And, usually, even if a young athlete tries something new, they will struggle to connect what they ate to their performance.
HERE IS WHY THIS IS IRREVERSIBLY CRIPPLING.
Athletes will start to believe that changing their diet is not important to their success. Ouch.
And the moment that an athlete starts to really believe that what they eat doesn't matter, it becomes increasingly hard to recover. Some athletes go their whole career unable to figure out sports nutrition and never tapping into their full potential, or worse, they end up injured… Unfortunately for some athletes those injuries have been career ending.
Therefore, investing in your sports nutrition early in life is a process we cannot leave to chance. We need to get it right the first time.
And luckily for you who want to get ahead of your competition, there are actually VERY FEW athletes who are doing it right.
In all likelihood, your competition have either found misleading sports nutrition advice or have failed to connect their diet with their performance in a meaningful way.
You can easily get a competitive advantage by implementing a few tweaks to your diet.
That is… if you can avoid the same performance lowering mistakes that your competitors are making.
Common Misconception 01
FOODS are “GOOD” or “BAD”
Following Sports Nutrition guidelines isn’t super complicated. But when life gets busy, oh baby, it can feel impossible…
What do I do when my team goes to a fast food restaurant? What do I eat when I don’t like what I am being asked to eat?
These are just some of the barriers you will need to overcome to eat for performance.
Most athletes feel guilty about the “bad” foods they eat and have no idea how to start enjoying the “good” foods they think they should be eating. But the thing is, you can’t treat sports nutrition like a disney movie where good is fighting evil for a happy ending – food is not “good” or “bad”, all food has power… an understanding of the main power each food provides the body will guide the athlete to choose the powers that will align with their desired performance – or fairytale ending .
This does not mean you need to memorize science terms or get a degree in nutrition. You need to know that you can focus on building meals from a short list of foods within certain powers. You can understand A LOT of the sports science by knowing foods' powers and targeting getting them into your diet.
Time to respect sports nutrition for what it is – a short list of foods to TARGET – athletes just need to learn how to aim.
WE NEED TO EAT “HEALTHY”
The #1 misguided belief athletes have is that they need to eat healthy foods. But what does this even mean?
Should I eat more carrots? How about an extra large salad.. Um hold the dressing maybe?? How about gluten and dairy?
And on and on it goes… you will have so many of these types of questions.
But what most athletes will fail to realize is that timing is JUST as important as WHAT is eaten.
Without a fundamental understanding of WHEN to eat, most athletes will continue to confuse healthy eating with performance eating. We need to STOP calling foods healthy and start eating powerful foods ON TIME instead.
This idea is simple and revolutionary. The Performance Eating guidelines are the first step to mastering sports nutrition. Are you ready to take step 1?
EATING WELL IS NOT AS FUN
Many athletes feel practicing their sport is not as fun as competing but no one can afford to skip practice.
Imagine the results of an athlete who NEVER practices their sport BUT who reads a lot of books about their sport and plays the video game version of their sport…
We know this ends badly. The athletes who practice their sport ALWAYS beat the athletes who do nothing.
So why in the world would your diet be any different? Do you really believe that reading a blog about protein needs or making 1 pre-game meal recipe one time will be enough to set you apart?
No, it won’t be enough.
But it's not our athletes fault they aren't practicing…
Nobody is asking them to and nobody is making it fun (until now!).
Is this you? Athlete eats (or not) what is put in front of them unaware of their role in the process. Then they go play their sport – no thought about the impact of what they ate on their performance.
We need to start creating spaces in which to practice sports nutrition exactly like we create spaces and gyms to train for our sport.
A place to Practice, Adjust, Practice, Adjust, Practice, Adjust, Practice, Adjust…. Then Hit that COMPETITION CRUSHING TOP PERFORMANCE.
But here’s the kicker – we can still practice at home right now. And, playing with food happens to be a fun activity for ALL young kids. Why does that need to change with age??
Why not make food into a FUN game?
When athletes make practicing food a FUN game, a flip is switched for life, and the strongest execution of a performance diet becomes possible.
NOW I AM GOING TO LET YOU IN ON THE UNFAIR SECRET OF THE ELITES
Even though sports nutrition is a HUGE game changer – very few are actually getting good advice.
Only a few athletes will get game changing RESULTS, while many will wonder what the heck they’re doing wrong.
And the main reason for this, as you likely know, is that while the access to nutrition information is FREE and virtually unlimited…
The challenge to EFFECTIVELY USE nutrition information to get results is very high.
Except when you have an evidence-based step by step path to avoid the common mistakes, you can walk into any situation and come out a Champion.
You can become a Champion who eats for a top performance and knows exactly how to use their diet to gain the greatest performance advantage possible.
Now, unless you come from a family who can afford it, most athletes today are figuring out their nutrition through massive trial and error before they finally get coaching from a sports dietitian late in their athletic career – or never .
… it’s unfair and elitist. And a young athlete who is breaking into their sport should not have to wait.
With your permission, I’d love to take you to a place where access to TOP SPORTS NUTRITION GUIDANCE IS POSSIBLE.
A place where athletes become Champions in Sports Nutrition, eating for performance is made into a fun game, and young athletes can finally get their hands on the sports nutrition knowledge they need – all in one place.
This is exactly why I created Eat This for Performance.
Welcome to our wonderful world of Sports Nutrition where sports families get a complete solution to implementing top strategies.
Look to join my brilliant community of sports families crushing sports nutrition here.
Enjoy your stay!